Graeme College cricketers awarded for achievements on field
Sonwabile Tshona – Honours Award Citation
“Sonwabile has not been at Graeme College very long, and hence this award is even more impressive. He has captained the 1st XI in 2020 and has taken his own game to a new level with this added responsibility. He has had countless match-winning performances, and he has also led his team to the CSA T20 Finals in March this year. That in itself is an absolutely incredible achievement for our 1st XI.
Sonwabile was selected into the EP U17 team in 2018, and then into the EP u19 side in 2019. And there is no doubt that Graeme College would obviously have been included in the U19 team in 2020. He was also selected in the Warriors Cubs team earlier this year, after consistent performances for Graeme College and Eastern Province. People often refer to great all-rounders as being able to make a team as a bowler or a batsman. The reality is that you can probably count them on one hand when you refer to international cricketers. Sonwabile is incredibly respected as both a batsman and a bowler in South Africa and he would easily be selected into the EP U19 side as either. As a batsman, it did not take him long to record his first century for Graeme in September 2019 and has always led from the front in the bowling attack.
It is with much sadness that it appears that we will lose so much school sport this year, and won’t be able to see Sonwabile dominate in his final term at Graeme. It is also with much sadness that the provincial cricket weeks have also been cancelled this year. The 1st
XI was going to be thoroughly tested in the September holidays, playing against the best cricket schools in the country, where Sonwabile would, as usual, stand up and make the difference in a young 1st XI. He’s stubborn, disciplined and gritty match-winning innings against Kingswood on Gane Field, is one that probably will go down as one of the most significant for him and for me as a coach.
In his short time at Graeme, Sonwabile has scored 759 runs, and taken 36 wickets at an incredible bowling average of 18.6. He joins the Graeme College elite, as we award him the highest award possible; Honours for his achievements on the cricket field.”
Garwin Dampies – Honours Award Citation
“It is with much sadness that it appears we will lose so much school sport this year, and Graeme College won’t be able to see Garwin dominate in his final term at Graeme. It is such a pity that Garwin won’t be tested against the best cricket schools in South Africa in September this year because it is where he would possibly have made a great statement with regards to EP u19 selection. Garwin represented the EP u15 team in his Grade 8 and 9 years, which is a significant achievement.
He went on to be selected into the EP u17 side in 2019, where he performed admirably. He is the only player to represent Graeme
College at two CSA T20 Final tournaments, and was obviously crucial in the team reaching that achievement earlier this year. Garwin has been a key member of the Graeme College 1st XI, during a period where we have played a lot more cricket than previously.
In fact, if we did continue to play later this year, he would go on to become the highest capped cricketer in Graeme College’s history. As it stands now, he is only the fourth cricketer to ever represent the College on more than 100 occasions and currently sits on 105 caps. He has scored 1875 runs and also taken 63 wickets for the 1st XI. In a young 1st XI, Graeme needed him to stand up and be counted this season and he responded brilliantly.
In a remarkable weekend, he scored a century against Kingswood in a T20 match on Friday night, and then followed that up with another century the next morning against St Andrews on Lower Field. I am not sure that this particular achievement will be matched any time soon. He was also part of the 1st XI when Graeme won the Shaw/ Brown T20 Trophy for the first time. Garwin will no doubt feel robbed if we don’t play any cricket this year, but his name will always be recorded as one of the elite cricketers at Graeme College. It is with much pride that the College bestows its highest award on him today; that being Honours for his achievements on the cricket field.”